Back in the day, organizations had to rely on manual disaster recovery options. This required physically shipping tapes offsite and hoping that you never had a need to use them. At the time, more functional disaster recovery options were expensive and required a site owned by the customer. In the past half a decade, the disaster recovery industry has changed – mostly due to the increase in cloud computing.
Cloud computing is revolutionizing disaster recovery solutions, for organizations of all sizes. The hybrid cloud has brought reliability and cost-efficiency to the market. This model of hybrid disaster recovery combines infrastructure as a service resources with remote resources offered by a managed services provider. This strategy allows for modern disaster recovery and quickly breaks down barriers like cost, availability and functionality.
The hybrid disaster recovery as a service is a great way for organizations to get their toes wet with the hybrid cloud. The hybrid cloud has many benefits and it is usually seen as a quick win for organizations. Some of the benefits are:
- The primary benefit of a hybrid disaster recovery solution is that companies do not need to build their own infrastructure to support disaster recovery processes. Instead, they rely on the managed services provider’s cloud infrastructure.
- The second benefit is that hybrid disaster recovery is extremely elastic. You do not have to worry about having your own storage and equipment in a data center facility, especially one you may not use very often. With this model, you can easily scale up and down by only paying for your exact usage.
- When working with hybrid cloud disaster recovery solutions you are working with virtualized infrastructure. This enables you to back up data and applications at the VM level which simplifies the process.
Quick Recovery with Remote Services
The hybrid cloud supports disaster recovery solutions with quick recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs). Because remote cloud services offer both cloud computing and storage resources, both applications and data can be remotely replicated. Applications in the cloud can failover quickly in the event of a disaster. This allows companies to have the ability to immediately restore data from the cloud environment to a local site.
You mustn’t forget security as well. It is important that you are following best practices when it comes to data transferring. Always encrypt your data. Some managed backup and recovery solutions will include this, along with compression and deduplication services. Make sure that you are getting these in your solution. It is also important that your hybrid recovery solution can accommodate legacy backups as well. You may not be able to failover these applications the same way as other software.
One of the most important things to remember when it comes down to your hybrid cloud recovery solution is testing. A hybrid disaster recovery solution enables the provider to easily plan and test for any issues that could come up. A provider will support any issues that arise, 24/7/365. Have peace of mind that your organization is supported all day and night, weekends and holidays. Sometimes the peace of mind is well worth the investment alone.
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